Following the winning of the prestigious Suffolk Museum of the Year Award in 2015, the Museum of East Anglian Life is pleased to announce its latest temporary exhibition, “Life through the Eyes of East Anglian Artists” featuring oil paintings, drawings, and watercolours by well-known 19th and 20th Century artists from our region. The pictures will be complimented by related artefacts from the Museum’s own Collection to emphasise connections between what we see and how we live.
Lisa Harris, Collections and Interpretation Manager says, “The exhibition will cover farming and country life including harvest and the wool trade, as well as taking a look at the coastal economy and transport in the countryside.
Many of the artists represented will be familiar to Art enthusiasts including brothers Thomas and Edward Robert Smythe, John Moore, and Arthur James Stark. Twentieth Century artists Anna Airy and Harry Becker are represented by drawings. All have connections with East Anglia and the works have been selected to illustrate the living and working conditions of local people.
The subjects of the paintings are brought to life by objects from the Collection of the Museum of East Anglian Life, including shepherd’s clothing, farm implements and domestic necessities.”
The works that feature in this Exhibition are selected from the Day Collection, first formed in the early 1960’s by Harold Day, author of many books on East Anglian Art. Most of the oil paintings are presented in their original gilded frames and have never been on public display before. This Exhibition represents a unique opportunity to see these beautiful pictures in the historic Abbot's Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.
Talks and workshops to accompany the exhibition will be announced on our website as they are confirmed. Please check back for details.